Startup Maryland Announces 2015 “Raise Your Game” Entrepreneur Bootcamp Cohort for Startup CxO/Founders

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Startup Maryland (http://www.startupmd.org), a venture development community forged with Maryland Pride, By Entrepreneurs … For Entrepreneurs, today announced the schedule for the 2015 Raise Your Game entrepreneur bootcamp.

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“Peer-to-peer mentorship and coaching is one of the cornerstones of Startup Maryland efforts and creates a unique bond that forges our Champion ranks into a strong supportive community,” stated Binko. “

Raise Your Game provides the Maryland entrepreneur community with a structured educational program designed to help startup CxOs and founders understand and employ the building blocks of strong startups and startup communities.

Beginning in July of 2015, Raise Your Game will consist of a four (4) month educational “bootcamp” program emphasizing the critical components of building successful companies. These topics include:
CEO 101 – How to be a strong startup CxO leader and the best team-building strategies
Pitch Perfect – Best practices when pitching to varied audiences | avoiding pitfalls
Virtualizing Your Company – Lean Startup approach | outsourcing non-core functions
Raising Capital and Exit Roadmapping – Lifecycle stages, financing options, exits
NOTE: an introduction video is available on the Startup MD YouTube site @: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqiJG5hXI3g

The Raise Your Game initiative is an anchor component of Startup Maryland’s Coaching initiative. Coaching joins Connection, Celebration and Capital as four primary Areas of Concentration for Startup Maryland. These four guiding initiatives were officially announced at a White House reception during which Startup Maryland highlighted past successes and future plans for Presidential advisors and officials from several government agencies. (See Empowering Entrepreneur Champions below for more detail).

“Peer-to-peer mentorship and coaching is one of the cornerstones of Startup Maryland efforts and creates a unique bond that forges our Champion ranks into a strong supportive community,” stated Binko. “Open dialog between founders/entrepreneurs is proven to be one of the most beneficial learning methodologies for high-growth startup leaders. Startup Maryland has formalized the approach with the Raise Your Game program.”

Whether entrepreneurs are just starting out with an idea or ready to inflect their startup into hyper-growth, Raise Your Game provides perspective and knowledge for CxO peers at all stages.

Taught by experienced serial entrepreneurs/CEOs with specific subject matter expertise, Raise Your Game participants will be empowered to network with entrepreneur peers while also gaining valuable perspectives from service providers (legal, finance/accounting, PR/marketing) professionals who will also be invited to provide specific guidance on selected topics.

Upon successful completion of the Raise Your Game program, graduate-CEOs will join an exclusive alumni network.

Empowering Entrepreneur Champions
Over recent months, Startup Maryland began a campaign to engage its participants as Entrepreneur Champion leaders for the Startup Maryland initiative. With the support of a core group of CEO Ambassadors, Startup Maryland held a series of Champion sessions during which Big Ideas, a Theme and Areas of Focus were identified and prioritized. The connective and coaching/mentorship aspects of building strong startup communities compliment the celebration and capital access goals forming the four pillars of the Startup Maryland mission.

With active universities, accelerators, economic development agencies and innovation partners like Maryland TEDCO and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Startup Maryland is concentrating on the entrepreneur communities to strengthen Maryland's economic fabric while fostering a climate where the most promising companies can help each other while leveraging the state’s Unfair Advantage in order to inflect and thrive.

Looking for other startup/entrepreneur guidance and resources? Join the Startup Maryland entrepreneurial community at http://startupmd.org

About Startup Maryland:
Startup Maryland (http://www.startupmd.org) is a venture and community development initiative launched out of the Startup America Partnership. Driven from within the community and Forged with Maryland Pride By Entrepreneurs … For Entrepreneurs, Startup Maryland strives to remain nimble and inclusive. Startup Maryland works to connect innovation communities and rallies entrepreneurs, supporters and other innovation stakeholders around four main initiatives: Connection, Celebration, Coaching, and Capital while also bringing together entrepreneurs in a community of support to drive greater economic outcomes.

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